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Autosport 30/04/20

The UK’s ‘must-read’ motorsport magazine AUTOSPORT is revered by fans and industry personnel alike as the ultimate source of motorsport news and analysis. The magazine’s expert editorial covers all aspects of the sport, from major international series such as Formula 1, Sports Car racing and the World Rally Championship, to the less glamorous but hugely important grassroots events in UK club motorsport

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important note to autosport readers

The first issue of Autosport magazine appeared on 25 August 1950 and has continued to cover the rich breadth of motorsport ever since, from Formula 1 to club racing. We know from your kind messages that you have enjoyed our recent efforts to both follow the developing situation regarding the impact of the coronavirus and to look back at some of the sport’s best stories. Unfortunately, the economic realities of the COVID-19 lockdown mean that the decision has had to be made to temporarily pause production of the magazine as of this edition. We plan to return in time for the Formula 1 season, which F1 CEO Chase Carey has suggested will start in July. Subscription payments will be frozen. For example, if you have nine months left on your subscription you…

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british grand prix closed to spectators

FORMULA 1 Silverstone has confirmed that this year’s British Grand Prix will be a behind-closed-doors event if the race is able to take place on 19 July. With government restrictions still in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the circuit announced on Monday that it would not be able to welcome any fans to the race. “We have left this difficult decision for as long as possible, but it is abundantly clear given the current conditions in the country and the government requirements in place now and for the foreseeable future, that a grand prix under normal conditions is just not going to be possible,” managing director Stuart Pringle wrote in a letter to ticket holders. “Our obligations to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in preparing and delivering…

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ferrari draws ire of rivals over budget-cap stance

FORMULA 1 Ferrari has said that it will not accept any further reduction in Formula 1’s proposed budget cap, and hinted that any progress in that direction could mean it enters additional racing series. Amid growing tensions between Ferrari and rival teams about the scale of a reduction in the $175million budget cap coming into force next year, the FIA then stepped into the debate by making it clear that under certain circumstances it could now accept majority approval for rule changes. Up until now, the terms of F1’s International Sporting Code meant that any changes for 2021 made at this stage required unanimous support from the teams. But in light of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and growing fears about the financial impact on competitors, the FIA has given itself the…

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le mans could be pushed back as far as november

LE MANS 24 HOURS The prospect of the Le Mans 24 Hours being pushed back further has been raised by Pierre Fillon, president of race organiser the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. He hasn’t ruled out a date in October or November should it not be possible to hold the World Endurance Championship double-points round on its rescheduled date of 19-20 September. “If at the end of July the authorities tell us [it is] impossible in September but 100% possible we can do it in October or November, of course, we would do that,” said Fillon in an exclusive interview for Autosport’s #thinkingforward series. “It would not be the same 24 Hours we are used to, but we are professional and we have great drivers.” Fillon highlighted the uncertainty surrounding the resumption of motor…

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audi pulls out; is dtm doomed?

DTM The DTM looks doomed in its current format following Audi’s announcement on Monday that it will quit the series at the end of 2020, meaning only BMW remains. Rumours have abounded over the winter – since before the coronavirus pandemic – that Audi was weighing up its DTM future. Its missive blamed the current crisis, as well as saying that Audi would concentrate on Formula E and its customer racing projects. It added: “We’re investigating other progressive motorsport formats for the future.” DTM chief Gerhard Berger – previously stung by Mercedes’ end-of-2018 pullout and the one-year-and-out Aston Martin project – then issued a statement that pulled few punches. “I deeply regret Audi’s decision to withdraw from the DTM,” said Berger. “While we respect the board’s position, the short-term nature of this announcement presents…

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domenicali calls for reshaping

FIA FIA Single Seater Commission president Stefano Domenicali has urged motorsport to use the current coronavirus-enforced hiatus to reshape itself for the future. Rising costs on the FIA single-seater ladder from Formula 4 to Formula 2 have forced increasing numbers of drivers into other disciplines of the sport, particularly GT racing, and ex-Ferrari F1 boss Domenicali – who took over his FIA role in 2015 – believes this must change. “I see this as an opportunity for the motorsport industry to reshape,” said Domenicali in an exclusive interview for Autosport’s #thinkingforward series of podcasts. “There’s no doubt that motorsport will be an essential part into the future, but short term we need to revisit the level of investment and maybe the level of technology and the number of championships. And maybe also the…